Revival of Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon Begins Tonight

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The Off-Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon, featuring Ned Eisenberg ("Law and Order: SVU") and directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Dan Wackerman, begins performances Feb. 10. 

Ned Eisenberg
Ned Eisenberg

The cast also includes Jonathan Hadary (Awake and Sing), Lou Liberatore (Burn This, As Is), Katie McClellan (Dog Sees God), Marilyn Matarrese ("Nurse Jackie"), Larry Bull (The Coast of Utopia) and Michael Keyloun (Drop Dead Perfect).

Performances continue through March 28 at the Theatre at St. Clement's.

Set in New York City during the Great Depression, Rocket to the Moon "recounts the story of down-and-out, middle-aged dentist Ben Stark, whose career and loveless marriage are all-consuming. His life changes when he falls in love for the first time with the beautiful, ambitious and idealistic Cleo. She offers Ben the hope of a happier future, but is he capable of taking that rocket to the moon?"

Director Wackerman said in a previous statement, "This production comes at a particularly auspicious moment as our country is talking about the very issues at the heart of the play - the squeezing of the middle class and the attendant pressures on relationships of all sorts. This marks the first new look at Rocket to the Moon since the recent Broadway productions of Golden Boy and Awake and Sing! sparked a revival of interest in Odets' work."

Robert Dohmen, Tom Smedes Productions and The StoryLine Project, LLC are presenting this production by The Peccadillo Theater Company in association with La Femme Theatre Productions. Stephanie Klapper is the casting director. The original staging of Rocket to the Moon premiered on Broadway in 1938 at the Belasco Theatre. The play has subsequently had productions all around the world and was adapted for television by the BBC in 1986, with John Malkovich, Judy Davis, Eli Wallach, William Hootkins and Connie Booth in the lead roles.

The Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th St. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling (212) 352-3101

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